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​Garden of Jessie-Marie

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Jessie-Marie Chaves and I take my young children to the Botanical Gardens for early morning walks during their school holidays.

That hyphen in my first name has caused me serious grief all my life. I’ve had to walk around with affidavits saying that Jessie-no-hyphen-Marie and Jessie-hyphen-Marie are the same person. Me.

I’ve lived in Cascade for 15 years but I grew up in South. My family lived on Circular Rd, San Fernando, a stone’s throw from the city, until I was ten. After my Common Entrance, we moved to Palmiste, where my parents still live. We’d had so many burglaries on Circular Rd.

Petty thieves would climb the fence to steal from the plum and avocado tree in our yard. Back then, not that it is much different from now, money was tight, so my parents would sell the avocados to help bring in extra. It would really upset my parents when the precious zabocas were stolen. What would upset me was, I would look forward to coming home and picking my plums but thieves helped themselves first.

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​Garden of Jessie-Marie

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Jessie-Marie Chaves and I take my young children to the Botanical Gardens for early morning walks during their school holidays.

That hyphen in my first name has caused me serious grief all my life. I’ve had to walk around with affidavits saying that Jessie-no-hyphen-Marie and Jessie-hyphen-Marie are the same person. Me.

I’ve lived in Cascade for 15 years but I grew up in South. My family lived on Circular Rd, San Fernando, a stone’s throw from the city, until I was ten. After my Common Entrance, we moved to Palmiste, where my parents still live. We’d had so many burglaries on Circular Rd.

Petty thieves would climb the fence to steal from the plum and avocado tree in our yard. Back then, not that it is much different from now, money was tight, so my parents would sell the avocados to help bring in extra. It would really upset my parents when the precious zabocas were stolen. What would upset me was, I would look forward to coming home and picking my plums but thieves helped themselves first.

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